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Free NYC Kayaking Group Threatened by Private Companies

May lose their waterfront space

Downtown Boathouse, a nonprofit group that runs one of New York City’s free kayaking services, is under threat, it says, from private companies encroaching on the waterfront.

The Hudson River Park Trust is preparing to issue a request for bids on its key waterfront spots and Boathouse president Graeme Birchall is afraid they could lose out to corporate interests who could offer the Park Trust more money. Downtown Boathouse has an operating budget of about $30,000 and relies entirely on volunteer support to operate. "We’re a little nervous with this [RFP] that money matters," Birchall told DNAinfo.

According to DNAinfo, the last time the Hudson River Park Trust asked for proposals in 2005, it expressed interest specifically in nonprofit organizations that could run a “low-cost or free community boating component.” Birchall is worried that that language has been excluded from the upcoming request.

“Our objective was to put lots and lots of [people] on boats,” Bitchall says. By all accounts the have succeeded. In 20 years of service, Downtown Boathouse has, by their own estimation, served more than 300,000 rivergoers. "It would be sad if we end up with a waterfront that had no access to the water unless you were rich.”


The Gore Range     Photo: Zach Dischner/Flickr

First Snows of the Season

Vail, Taos, and other resorts report dusting

The first day of fall had ski resorts around the country reporting the snow of the season. Though the 2013-2014 ski and snowboard season is still a couple months away, the San Francisco Chronicle reports that Colorado's Breckenridge was one of the first major resorts to see snow Sunday.

Breckenridge wasn't alone. Mountain cams atop Vail Mountain show a light dusting of snow, and resorts as far away as New Mexico's Taos Ski Valley and Tahoe's Heavenly Mountain Resort are also reporting light dustings.

A few of the shots to get your stoke on:

Vail Mountain

Taos Ski Valley

Heavenly Mountain Resort


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Woman Dies in Fall at Dallas Climbing Gym

Fell from over 25 feet

A 52-year-old woman has died after a fall at a Dallas climbing gym Sunday afternoon.

Susan Mailloux of Irving fell as many as 30 feet at the Summit Climbing Gym after reportedly failing to correctly secure her carabiner. According to Tarrant County News, it was not immediately clear what led to the error.

The gym will be closed as the investigation continues.